WA STATE DIVEST
WE CALL ON THE STATE OF WASHINGTON TO IMMEDIATELY DIVEST THE $287 MILLION THAT IT HAS INVESTED IN EXXON-MOBIL -- AND TO COMMIT TO DIVESTING FROM ALL FOSSIL FUELS WITHIN FIVE YEARS
ARE YOU A WA STATE EMPLOYEE OR RETIREE?
IF SO, WE NEED YOU TO JOIN US FOR THIS CAMPAIGN. PLEASE CONTACT US: INFO@NORTHWESTDIVEST.ORG
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In 1979 Exxon's executive scientists told Exxon's Executive directors that climate change was real and that it was human-caused, over the next three decades Exxon spent tens of millions of dollars funding climate change denying think tanks and running full-page advertisements questioning climate science.
WA STATE SHOULD NOT BE INVESTING IN A COMPANY THAT WE KNOW HAS PUT PROFIT BEFORE PEOPLE'S LIVES!
#EXXON KNEW: THE FULL STORY
ExxonMobil deliberately deceived the public on climate change, and set us back decades.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning outlets Inside Climate News and the L.A. Times recently exposed that Exxon's own research confirmed fossil fuels’ role in global warming decades ago. As far back as 1978, Exxon's own scientists were informing the company's top executives of the global catastrophe that would result from the unchecked burning of fossil fuels.
Yet rather than use that research for the public good, Exxon chose to bury it and to take up a position at the very forefront of climate change denial. The company took out prominent ads in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, contending that the climate science was murky and uncertain. They spent tens of millions funding climate change denying think tanks and lobbyists.
These deliberate acts of deception helped to set climate change action back decades.
Now Washington State, like many others, is paying for Exxon's deception.
Over 50% of our Columbia River salmon died in overheated rivers in recent years. Record-breaking wildfires scorched our lands, burned our homes and killed our people. Drought has cost our state hundreds of millions of dollars over the last few years alone. Our snow packs have plummeted, resulting in more water pollution, less drinking water, and less hydro-electric capacity, while also robbing our ski industry of millions of dollars. Our forests are threatened by the pine bark beetle, which thrives in warmer temperatures. Many of the Pacific Northwest's native plant and animal species are at risk, and some of our coastal communities will become uninhabitable due to sea-level rise in the years ahead.
"ExxonMobil's own scientists have long known about the dangers of global warming, and chose to conceal that from the public," VT Governor Shumlin said in a speech calling for his own state to divest from the company. "At the same time that they were building their oil rigs taller to account for rising sea levels, they were funding front groups of scientists to deny climate change is real. This is a page right out of Big Tobacco, which for decades denied the health risks of their product as they were killing people."
We need to make it clear that we’ll have no part in a company that does business this way. Governor Inslee, we know you care about climate change like we do. We urge you to follow Governor Shumlin’s lead, and divest State monies from ExxonMobil.